A recent poll by The Federation of Master Builders reported significant growth in employment for SME construction firms, with continued strength projected for the coming quarter. Despite this, the report detected a serious skills shortage within the industry, whereby employers are struggling to recruit enough skilled workers to service the needs of the surge in work.
According to research by totaljobs.com, 15 per cent of entry-level recruitment candidates surveyed were jobless a year after finishing their studies or training. However, among those who had completed apprenticeships, just five per cent were unemployed, far less than the number of unemployed graduates. This shows the construction sector’s positive approach towards taking on vocational workers, resulting in a higher level of employment for apprentices.
As a manufacturer and supplier of tools for professional tradesmen, the recruitment problem for the sector affects our business enormously. We are particularly committed to understanding and pursuing ways in which our tools can have a positive impact on the future of the industry, by encouraging young apprentices in their training schemes.
Rather than relying on recruitment firms to fill the gaps, we place supporting the next generation of tradesmen high on our agenda and offer a hands-on approach to tackling the skills shortage. Since 2003, Carl Kammerling International has supported over 22,500 apprentice electricians as part of its C.K Bright Sparks initiative.
Committed to developing bright ‘sparkies’ of the future, the C.K Bright Sparks programme was established to help support and promote vocational education programmes as an attractive option and a viable career path.
Bright Sparks began with just three colleges, but twelve years later, the scheme has grown significantly. Carl Kammerling International tools now provides sixty colleges and universities across the UK with a bursary and a selection of quality tools to use while training, helping to ensure the future development of professionals within the industry, while also promoting the use of the safest and best quality hand tools.
Bright Sparks not only offers free professional equipment for use in college workshops, but also a ‘prize fund’ to help motivate and enthuse apprentice electricians.
We know the constraints that educational establishments face when kitting out their workshops, but believe that those equipped with professional quality C.K tools will be in a prime position to produce the very best electricians in the country.
The bursaries and tools provided by Carl Kammerling International give the students a comprehensive and useful introduction to the tools and equipment they will use as professionals and gives them the opportunity to use the equipment under the expert guidance of their course tutors. By committing this support through our Bright Sparks initiative we can foster a real sense of encouragement among budding electricians.
Colleges receive up to forty tools each, choosing two professional quality C.K tools from a selection of toolbox heroes, of which they receive twenty of each to kit out their workshops. Colleges that renew their Bright Spark partnership will continue to build up their stock of top quality equipment.
Our approach of continual improvement and development through the Bright Sparks scheme is designed to help train future professionals within the electrical industry. Carl Kammerling International also believe that the tools electricians are introduced to during their training are the ones they choose throughout their careers. These tools must be of the highest quality - tools designed specifically for electricians; tools they can trust.
With the current employment gaps and shortage of construction tradespeople in the industry, as well as the recent findings from totaljobs.com highlighting the growth in opportunities for apprentices, there’s never been a better time to encourage the sector’s increasing prosperity by supporting its future tradespeople.
For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704.